Cumbria

Ennerdale community centre for residents and walkers

Site of community centre Image copyright BBC news grab
Image caption The community centre will be built on the site of an old storage shed

A new community centre aims to provide employment opportunities in a remote Cumbria village and also benefit walkers on the Coast to Coast route.

Ennerdale has a small primary school, but no shop, post office, GP surgery, or regular bus service.

A residents' group has secured Big Lottery funding of £478,000 for the community centre.

It will include a cafe, shop, and space to host a range of activities, as well as provide employment.

Activities will including an after school-club, arts and craft classes, Citizens Advice Bureau advice sessions, library, film and history clubs, sport and exercise classes.

Peter Maher, from the Ennerdale Hub said: "What we call rural decline is actually about the loss of facilities, a loss of gathering places.

"So having something like this, which will have space for community activity, a small cafe people can use, and a shop where they can buy all sorts of things, is a good reason for getting up and getting out, and meeting people and having conversations."

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